The Mayor has appointed eight people to the Advisory Council for the Office on the Disabled. The Advisory Council will help the Office on the Disabled assure City government is in full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will help the City at large make itself welcoming and accessible to all including those with disabilities.
Seven members of the Council are individuals with disabilities.
The Advisory Council for the Office on the Disabled includes:
Linda Baker, MSW, ACSW
Ms. Baker is the Executive Director of the Governor's Council on Disability. She has over 30 years of professional social work experience in the areas of mental health and home care; programming and policy development for people with disabilities.
Gina Hilberry, AIA LEED AP
Ms. Hilberry is the Principal of Cohen Hilberry Architects, Inc. She has provided architectural services related to historic preservation, renovation, conversion, new construction and accessibility since beginning her professional career in the early 1980's. Her personal emphasis has been on accessibility, universal design, research and cost effective conversion and compliance techniques.
Mr. Keller has retired after many years of service from Anheuser Busch as their Senior Cost Analyst. He is now a full time disability advocate. Mr. Keller is currently the treasurer for the Missouri Council for the Blind and sits on the advisory board for the American Foundation for the Blind.
William Kimbrough, Jr.
Mr. Kimbrough is the Community Advocate Specialist for Paraquad Inc. He provides advocacy and direction to participants on disability issues at the local, state and federal level. He also conducts community outreach at local universities and hospitals to promote disability awareness and to seek positive support and opportunities to those with disabilities.
Kerri Morgan, MSOT OTR/L ATP
Ms. Morgan received a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in 1998, where she is an Instructor in the Department of Neurology and Program in Occupational Therapy. Prior to working at Washington University, Ms. Morgan served as a White House intern in the Presidential Personnel Office and at Devonshire Hospital in the Occupational Therapy Department in London, England. Ms. Morgan is also an avid wheelchair athlete. She was the first woman selected by the U.S. Quad Rugby National Team in 2009. She is currently on the United States Track and Field team training for the London Paralympics Games in 2012 and is a medal holder from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics Games.
Mr. Sheldon is a founding member of Paraquad Inc. where he developed its Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Institute of the Deaf. He has degrees from Washington University in business, counseling, and nonprofit organization management.
Ms. Sullivan is the President of Life Skills Foundation, a not for profit organization that helps teens and adults with developmental disabilities to live and work in the greater Saint Louis area community. She began her career as a special education teacher after earning a degree from Fontbonne University. Ms. Sullivan also sits on the Board of Directors for L'Arche St. Louis.
Ms. Thomas is the Mobility Specialist for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. She evaluates the travel needs of blind and visually impaired adults and provides training on utilizing public transit. She is a member of the Metro Access Advisory Group and the Association for the Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.